Russound Media Console

March 31, 2008

I guess this really shouldn’t have come as a shock, I mean I’ve noticed an increase in media center PC’s all around, it’s just that well, this ones from Russound. What’s so special about a media center PC from Russound you ask? Aside from the optional dual cable-card tuner slots, LifeWare customized Ultimate Vista Media center software (which gives the ability to control LifeWares home automation control suite), up to two terabytes of internal storage, wireless RF keyboard and remote control, it’s the very fact that Russound has stamped their name on the thing that I find most interesting.

Russound LifeWareThe Russound brand is stalwart among many custom installation businesses, many of these integrators look to Russound for proven solutions to their needs. The very fact that Russound offers a media center PC adds legitimacy to the entire HTPC space and probably fills a chasm for integrators looking to offer a HTPC but one from a reliable, established industry partner.

It’s tough (for me at least) to look at Russound offering a media center and then discount the notion that media centers will become mainstream. It may not happen immediately and they might not even resemble what we’d call a “HTPC” but in my estimation this is writing on the digital-wall. Traditional media and media playback devices are about to get a lot less traditional.



Posted by Bryan Greenway | | Filed Under HTPC, Media Servers


Comments

  • B.Greenway

    Hi Brandon, while I have to admit the LifeWare demo/house at CEDIA last year had almost as many things working as not working, that really wasn’t my point here.

    I was more interested in the fact that Russound is even offering a HTPC/media center more so that what software it was running. To me that stuff is inconsequential to the larger point.

    But since you bring it up, I can’t speak for the LifeWare light switches, but if they’re anything like Radio RA, Vantage RF or Control-4 switches, they can still be turned on and off with the PC completely shut-off, the PC just extends existing functionality.

    Same goes for most integrated alarm and HVAC systems (although not all), the ones we use have overrides and stand-alone functionality.

  • B.Greenway

    Hi Brandon, while I have to admit the LifeWare demo/house at CEDIA last year had almost as many things working as not working, that really wasn’t my point here.

    I was more interested in the fact that Russound is even offering a HTPC/media center more so that what software it was running. To me that stuff is inconsequential to the larger point.

    But since you bring it up, I can’t speak for the LifeWare light switches, but if they’re anything like Radio RA, Vantage RF or Control-4 switches, they can still be turned on and off with the PC completely shut-off, the PC just extends existing functionality.

    Same goes for most integrated alarm and HVAC systems (although not all), the ones we use have overrides and stand-alone functionality.

  • Brandon

    Lifeware is terrible we all know how much trouble we have out of pc’s as it is the last thing i want is a pc running my house i mean Windows!! do you want your house to crash or to get the blue screen of death. Think about a Windows machine running your lights, hvac, & security. Then the non essentials music, tv, etc. Go Lifeware,, I mean go away.

  • Brandon

    Lifeware is terrible we all know how much trouble we have out of pc’s as it is the last thing i want is a pc running my house i mean Windows!! do you want your house to crash or to get the blue screen of death. Think about a Windows machine running your lights, hvac, & security. Then the non essentials music, tv, etc. Go Lifeware,, I mean go away.